Description

Henri Brunier (of Vieux Télégraphe fame) bought this Châteauneuf du Pape estate in 1986. The 27 hectares of vineyards are located on a rocky plateau north of the village. They are planted with 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre and the average age of the vines is over 40 years old. The grapes are hand picked and are then fermented for 15-20 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine remains in tanks for a further year before being transferred into oak casks where it is aged for a further 8 months. It is bottle unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

The Grenache-dominated 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Piedlong has a distinct saltiness, as well as terrific Grenache charm in Bright violet Highly perfumed red fruit liqueur, potpourri, liquorice and white pepper scents show impressive clarity and vivacity. Sappy, seamless and precise on the plate, offering intense raspberry and floral pastille flavours and a touch of candied lavender. This is quite an elegant example of the vintage .[91-93 points – Josh Raynolds – Dec 2016 – vinous.com]